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Proximus Caesar is Not Related to the Legendary Hero Caesar but Continues his Mythical Legacy in “Kingdom Of The Planet of the Apes”

After a break of seven years, the "Planet of the Apes" franchise has returned.

In “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” Proximus Caesar, believed to be the descendant of Koba, appears as an antagonist unrelated to the original protagonist, Caesar, from the earlier films.

Proximus Caesar is an evolved bonobo who leads a coastal clan of apes searching for human technologies.

In the movie, Proximus is characterized as having a genius-level intellect, the ability to speak fluently, and significant physical strength.

On the other hand, Caesar was an evolved chimpanzee who led his fellow apes to freedom and fought for their survival against human threats.

Proximus Caesar Emerges as a Notable Villian Identical to Iconic Hero Caesar from the “Planet of the Apes”

Canadian actor Kevin Durand plays Proximus Caesar in the movie Kingdom of the Planets of the Apes.

Proximus is a new character with extreme power, like the original Caesar in the previous movies.

However, Proximus is not related to the “Planet of the Apes” hero Caesar, rather than the tag name he chooses for himself.

The movie portrays the name “Caesar” as a title that signifies leadership and respect among the apes.

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Thus, Proximus has adopted the name as a self-proclamation, signifying his position as a leader in ape society.

Kevin Durand, who portrayed Proximus in the movie, said some words during his interview reflecting a legendary tale of Caesar’s teaching, stating,

It was a self-proclamation that was achieved by any means necessary, to ensure that apes continue to evolve. So you’re seeing the influence and the evolution of what Caesar left. And, like in every morsel of human history, there’s always some type of tyrant who comes along and scares everyone into believing them.

Furthermore, the movie reflects the legacy of the original Caesar, but Proximus is a separate character with different roles in the movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

Proximus Caesar could be a Descendant of Koba, the Former Advisor to the Ape King

In “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” Proximus Caesar is portrayed as possessing a genius-level intellect and being capable of fluent speech.

As for his ancestry, the movie shows Proximus Caesar descending from the evolved apes from the previous movie.

His formidable power and leadership qualities have sparked theories among viewers about a possible lineage connection to Koba.

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Koba was a ruthless, aggressive, evolved bonobo first appearing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Proximus and Koba shared a desire for leadership and the ambition to establish an ape kingdom, hinting at a shared legacy.

This movie does not focus on the actual family connection of these two bonobos, but we might witness further details in its upcoming franchise.

Overall, “Kingdom Of The Planet of the Apes” performs well at the box office, with a gross collection of $128 million in its opening week.

Additional Information

  • In the movie, Proximus, fascinated by human achievements, desires to build the first ape kingdom by harnessing human technology.
  • Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel of the Planets of the Apes trilogy movie, released on May 10, 2024.
  • Before its official release in the US, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes premiered at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 2, 2024.
Nishan Dahal
Nishan Dahal
Nishan Dahal, a passionate movie and TV show enthusiast, channels his passion for storytelling into his articles. With a keen interest in genres like sci-fi, rom-coms, and screen adventures, Nishan brings a unique perspective and enthusiasm to his work, enticing readers into his imaginative narratives.


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